April 24, 2018

Four AU soldiers killed by Al Shabaab in Somalia

04 April 2018, 12:47 | Erma Lawrence

A military boot is seen at the scene of a suicide car bomb attack by al Shabaab in Somalia's capital Mogadishu

A military boot is seen at the scene of a suicide car bomb attack by al Shabaab in Somalia's capital Mogadishu

At least 22 of the attackers were killed and the rest were repelled, he said.

Somalia's al-Shabaab Islamic extremists on Sunday launched an attack on a base for African Union troops in the country's south, killing four Ugandan peacekeepers, said Ugandan army spokesperson Brigadier Richard Karemire.

Somali police said the gun battle broke out Sunday in the town of Bulomarer, 130 kilometers to the northwest of Mogadishu, after the militants detonated two auto bombs that hit two military vehicles belonging to the AU forces and the Somali army near the base.

Major Nur Ali told Reuters that Somali and AMISOM forces had attacked al Shabaab in rural areas near the base on Saturday night. AMISOM said it lost four soldiers in the ensuing battles and killed 30 al-Shabaab fighters. "Then al Shabaab attacked this morning as a revenge", he said.

Africom said it assessed no civilians were killed in the strike.

The al-Qaeda-affiliated insurgent group al-Shabaab claimed that it had killed 59 Ugandan troops, a claim the Somali Security Ministry spokesman had denied.

US forces have been working with the Somali government to fight al-Shabaab for years, but under President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew York Magazine cover depicts Trump as a pig GOP lawmaker: Republicans "would be well advised to get ready" for Dem wave in midterms Tech giants brace for sweeping European Union privacy law MORE airstrikes and ground troops have significantly increased.

Al-Shabab officials did not immediately comment on the incident.

The group was pushed out of Mogadishu in 2011 by Somali troops backed by AMISOM soldiers.

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